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republicans to put higher tax revenue from the wealthy on the table, democrats are scoffing. he they talked happy talk about are skofg.t we only have a auple of weeks to get something ouple of we have to get away from the happy talk and start talking aout specific things. dent obama hasbama has no new witht talks scheduled with congressional leaders but will cong phila suburban philadelphia aiday to press for an immediate bushto extend bush era tax cuts for m ers.blicans call that agningless electioneering. >> we congratulate him on his re-election. we don't know if he has enough todership qualities to push democrats. >> cost savings to health care aregrams like medicare and medicaid. everyry dollar that's ever been secured for anything is sacred. to they'll defend it to the wath, regardless of what it means for jobs or the economy. > a tough white house ally, nglinois senator dick durbin argued against using fiscal cliff pressures to scale back paidare and medicaid benefits. >> these are people that have paid in over a lifetime into protectecurity and medicare and fully expect the protecti
for a statesman to lead the way to compromise, no luck so far. now there are 32 days until a tax increase for most americans and huge spending cuts take effect automatically. the negotiations to avert that descended into name calling today. yesterday the obama administration proposed tax revenue increases of $1.6 trillion over ten years, guaranteed to anger republicans. and it did. ewatt andrews is on capitol hill for us tonight. wyatt? >> reporter: scott, leading republicans are now calling the president's latest fiscal cliff proposals-- and these are quotes-- "unreasonable, not serious even ludicrous." on the negotiations that are necessary to avoid the cliff, here's how house speaker john boehner described the status there. >> no, there's a stalemate. let's not kid ourselves. i'm not trying to make this more difficult. >> reporter: what set off this reaction was the president's proposal for $1.6 trillion in new taxes over ten years with tst of that coming from a tax hike on single americans making hire than $200,000 and married couples filing jointly making $250,000. boehner has hinted that rep
dug in his heels today insisting on tax revenues for higher income earners but at a hint of compromise he said he would consider lowering tax breaks again next year. mr. obama wants to raise taxes on individuals who make more than $200,000 a year and on couples making more than $250. he said this today. the way to recovery. bill whitaker reports from california. schools close as the flu bug spreads. elaine quijano reports on where the virus is woshs and how efgtd the vaccine can be. and what city in america. >> raise revenues that are sufficient to balance with >> the issues is that we are going to have to raise revenues that are sufficient to balance with very you have to cuts that we've already made and we're going to have to see the rates on the top 2% go up and we're not going to be able to get a deal without it. >> pelley: that, the republican house speaker said in response, will never work. the republican counter offer cuts spending and raises taxes for no one and nancy cordes has the state of play as of tonight. nancy? >> reporter: scott, a dispute erupted today over whether neg
. both sides are digging in their heels on raising taxes on upper income earners. the white house proposal includes $1.6 trillion in taxes over a decade, 400 billion for medicare, 50 billion in stimulus spending and the end of congressional control over the debt ceiling. susan mcginnis is in washington with more. good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, terrell, good morning. the president's opening salvo there was not well received by republicans. they balked at his plan. he's taking his message to middle class americans at a factory that makes toys. it's a trip republicans are calling an irritant. president obama leaves the white house this morning to head to a toy factory in pennsylvania. he'll tell americans the fiscal cliff will cause holiday shopping to plummet. >> let's give a christmas present to the american people. >> reporter: but the mood here on capitol hill is anything but festive. both sides say the tax hikes and spending cuts due to kick in at year end are unacceptable, they just don't believe each other. >> members of his own party seem quite comfortable of sending
year. >> reporter: a pretty good year, darda says, if washington can avoid the automatic tax increases and federal budget cuts that are scheduled to kick in at the end of this year. the holiday shopping season has gotten off to a strong start, but economists expect fourth- quarter growth will be weakener part due to the impact of hurricane sandy. >> pelley: thanks, anthony. so can washington make a deal on the budget and avoid those tax increases? we're getting our first look tonight at president obama's proposal and the republican reaction. major garrett is at the white house for us tonight. major. >> reporter: scott, the first hard numbers from the white house to resolve the fiscal cliff crisis landed with a thud on capitol hill. congressional republicans called it an insulting joke. here's the big picture-- $4 trillion of deficit reduction over the next 10 years. it includes $1.6 trillion in higher taxes on households make manage more than $250,000. there's also $400 billion in cuts to entitlement programs, like medicaid and medicare, as well as others. there is also fresh new aendi
the called fiscal cliff of mandatory tax increases and spending cuts is to you just 30 days away. but judging by today's talk in washington democrats and republicans are hardly any closer to finding a solution. here's anna werner. >> reporter: a week closer to the december 31st deadline, treasury secretary timothy geithner told bob schieffer any potential deal will have to include a tax hike on the upper 2% of income earners. >> there is no way to raise a meaningful amount of revenue relative to the size of our fiscal challenge by just limiting the value of deductions for the wealthiest americans. >> reporter: he said the biggest obstacle is republicans who refuse to acknowledge that fact. >> there's nothing that stands in the way of that agreement. except for the potential risk that a group of republicans decide, they hold up an agreement because they want to extend tax cuts for the wealthiest that we can't afford. >> reporter: on fox news 2 sunday speaker john boehner was not optimistic. >> i would say we're nowhere. period. we're nowhere. >> reporter: earlier this week house gop members re
on the story. will the tax deduction for your mortgage be sacrificed to fix the federal budget? nancy cordes and dean reynolds look at the proposals. elizabeth palmer shows us what a dictatorship doesn't want you to see: the ruin of a nation in civil war. and africa's mighty elephants are slaughtered for their tusks. so who's buying that illegal ivory? holly williams shows us in a hidden camera investigation. >> oh, wow. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. today susan rice had high hopes for what might have been the most important diplomatic mission of her career so far. but the u.s. ambassador to the united nations' attempt to reach agreement with republican senators today failed. rice is a favorite of the president's to be nominated as secretary of state to replace hillary clinton. if he does nominate race, she would have to be approved by the senate. margaret brennan is covering for us tonight. margaret? >> reporter: good evening, scott. ambassador rice asked for the meetings on capitol hill today in hopes of
is way too vague. the president won't sign anything that doesn't increase taxes for the wealthy. the gop counter offer calls for raising 800 billion in revenue without raising tax rates. >> if washington can't reach a deal cbs reporter jim axle rod says your paycheck is going to feel it. >> the payroll tax cut has given this family an extra $70 a month to spend. >> are you paying attention to what's going on in washington right now. >> of course we are. >> their 50,000-dollar a year income puts them in the middle of american households if the payroll tax cut is not extended those families would pay an average of $1,035 a year more in social security taxes. >> do you have room to cut back. >> no, sir i don't. i guess if i do some type of magic like we do every month. >> if the tax cut expires paycheck contributions will go from 4.2 percent to 6.2 percent. $115billion a year that will go to deficit reduction instead of being pumped into the economy. those in favor of allowing the tax cut to expire argue money for social security payments has to come from somewhere. although he says that so
to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, those are the tax increases and spending cuts that will take effect next year. republicans and democrats continue to squabble over raising taxes and sparing entitlement programs like medicare and medicaid. today the president discusses the issues with leaders of major corporations. he met with small business leaders yesterday. susan mcginnis is in washington. >> reporter: while the two sides remain deadlocked president obama is taking his case to the american people trying to drum up support. republicans are complaining that instead of being out campaigning he needs to sit down with them and work out a deal. it's a short drive up pennsylvania avenue from the capital to the white house but congressional republicans and president obama are getting farther apart in their effort to keep the nation from veering off the so-called fiscal cliff. a series of tax hikes and spending cuts due to kick in at the end of the year. >> seems like our friends on the other side is having difficulty turning off the campaign. >> reporter: the white house says the campaign
congressional leaders. they have only weeks now to head off a big tax increase for most americans. the income tax rates will jump automatically january 1. it will be such a shock to the system that it has been called the fiscal cliff. our coverage starts on the white house lawn tonight with major garrett. major. >> reporter: scott, the saesident said for the first time, there is a two-step process to averting the fiscal cliff. republicans must act now to prevent a tax increase for households earning less than $250,000. do that now, president obama said, and he and congress can work out the details of spending cuts later. ( applause ) before a crowd of supporters, the white house invited from the mid-atlantic region, president obama put congressional republicans on notice. >> it's too important for washington to screw this up. now is the time for us to work on what we all agreed to, which is lets keep middle class taxes low. that's what our economy needs. that's what the american people deserve. gd if we get this part of it right, then a lot of the other issues surrounding deficit reduction in
the basis of a deal. the president is now talking about actually lowering the tax rate for the top 2% not now but later. and republicans are now taking some heat over their latest plan a lot of it from within their own party. >> five, four -- >> reporter: house speaker john boehner led the countdown to the lighting of the capitol hill christmas tree last night. >> one. >> reporter: but a different countdown weighs on the minds of these lawmakers, the countdown to the fiscal cliff. a series of tax increases and spending cuts due to kick in at the end the year. >> god bless us, everyone. >> reporter: speaker boehner offered the republican proposal this week and now he faces opposition from president obama. >> the speaker's proposal is out of balance. >> reporter: some in his own party are lining up against him. jim demint a tea party leader said speaker boehner's $800 billion tax hike will destroy american jobs and allow politicians in washington to spend even more. disagreements among republicans and democrats here on capitol hill is nothing new, but tuesday a republican aide told us
the fiscal cliff unless republicans agree to tax increases. reports from major garrett and chip reid. elaine quijano on a new study that could lead to a major change in treatment for breast cancer. >> recurrence is something you live with for your entire life. >> pelley: a household name in computers is wanted in a murder investigation. bob orr reports he was tracked down by the technology he lived by. and we note two milestones: an eyewitness to this moment in history has died. then anthony mason will take five to remember dave brubeck, a giant of jazz. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening, they've never said it quite like this: the president's treasury secretary made it clear there is no room for compromise. republicans must accept an increase in tax rates for upper-income americans. negotiations on a budget deal haven't gone very far and there are just 27 days before that so-called fiscal cliff. that's the package of tax increases for most americans and budget cuts that will hit automatically unless the white house and congr
unless washington gets its act together 90% of americans will see their taxes rise as a series of tax increase and spending cuts take effect. yet negotiations between the white house and congressional republicans are at a standstill. anna werner is in our washington bureau. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. unless congress comes to an agreement on the fiscal cliff it would mean a tax hike plus some $65 billion would be cut from the pentagon and other government agencies. both sides are hoping for a compromise. but so far all there's been is debate. >> i've been keeping my own naughty and nice list for washington. >> reporter: president obama took his fight to the public while visiting a toy company in pennsylvania where he warned republicans not to play scrooge. >> it's not acceptable to me and i don't think it's acceptable for you for a handful of republicans to hold middle class tax cuts held hostage. >> reporter: the white house proposal includes $4 trillion in deficit reduction, $400 billion in cuts to entitlement and $50 billion in infrastructure. john
e is no room for compromise. republicans must accept an increase in tax rates for upper-income americans. negotiations on a budget deal haven't gone very far and there are just 27 days before that so-called fiscal cliff. that's the package of tax increases for most americans and budget cuts that will hit automatically unless the white house and congress find a gentler way to solve the crisis in the federal budget. here's how treasury secretary tim geithner put it on cnbc. >> is the administration prepared to go over the fiscal cliff? >> absolutely. there's no prospect to an agreement that doesn't involve those rates going up on the top 2% of the wealthiest americans. ren, it's only 2%. >> pelley: by 2% he means individuals making more than $200000 and couples taking in 250,000 or more. republicans say rates shouldn't be increased on anyone. with no agreement, going over the fiscal cliff would be painful. the automatic tax increases break down like this: households making $20,000 to $4,000 would see an increase in $1,200 a year. incomes of $40,000 to $64,000 would see tax
news continues. fiscal cliff of tax increases and sharp spending cuts is now exactly one month away. in his weekly media address today, president obama again pushed his party's tax plan. of course, utah senator orrin hatch rejected in the republican response. >> both parties say we should keep middle class taxes low. the senate's already passed a bill to keep income taxes from going up on middle class families. democrats in the house are ready to do the same thing. if we can just get a few house republicans on board, i'll sign this bill as soon as congress send it my way. >> what he proposed this week was a classic bait and switch on the american people. a tax increase double the size of what he campaigned on. billions of dollars in new stimulus spending, and an unlimited, unchecked authority tow borrow from the chinese. maybe i missed it, but i don't recall him scwg for any of that during the presidential campaign. >> jarvis: parents and school boards across the country are debating whether to offer bonuses to teachers whose student do well on standardized tests. sharyl attkisson c
automatic spending cuts before the end of the year. the other issue is taxes. congressional republicans want bush-era tax cuts extended for all americans. president obama says those tax cuts must expire for households making $250,000 or more. >> it's a position that is supported by a majority of the american people. and, you know, we need to see from republicans an acknowledgement of that. >> reporter: the gop proposal that the white house quickly rejected closes tax loopholes and reduces deductions to raise 800 billion-dollar in new revenue. the plan cuts $600 billion in healthcare entitlement programs. >> we are overspending and until you deal with that issue you cannot raise taxes enough to be able to keep one a trillion dollars of accelerate spending. >> reporter: republicans dismissed the president's plan late last week. but now that both sides have numbers on the table, some congressional watchers believe those outlines may eventually help them find common ground. in washington, danielle nottingham cbs 5. >>> are you ready for more rain? >> i don't know. >> well -- >> i guess we need
of automatic spending cuts and tax increases could take effect january 1st. democrats moved by president obama and congressional republicans signaled they are willing to compromise on changing tax rates and spending reductions but the negotiations are moving very, very slowly. susan mcginnis is in washington with the latest. susan, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. the president is sending his top two negotiators to talk with lawmakers today about possible spending cuts. he's also getting ready to take his fiscal cliff message on the road. he'll try to convince the american people the best way to avoid the fiscal cliff is to extend the bush era tax cuts for the middle class. >> it's too important for washington to screw this up. >> reporter: president obama is putting pressure on congressional republicans and he's enlisting middle class americans in getting the gop to take action on taxes. >> when the american people speak loudly enough, lo and behold congress listens. >> reporter: tomorrow he'll host a campaign style event where he calls on lawmakers to extend the tax rates on f
but frozen. so far - no een >>> tensions over tax hikes and spending cuts have left the "fiscal cliff" talks all but frozen. so far no face-to-face meetings have been scheduled between the democrats and republicans. cbs reporter danielle nottingham with the president's push now to sell his plan to american businesses. >> reporter: president obama asked business leaders this morning to support his plan to prevent a fiscal crisis. >> let's allow higher rights to go up for the top 2%, that includes all of you, yes, but not in any way that's going to affect your spending, your lifestyles. >> reporter: if no deal is reached between democrats and republicans before the end of the year, taxes will go up for everyone and automatic spending cuts will kick in. the president wants bush-era tax breaks to expire for households making $250,000 or more. republicans are adamantly opposed to that. >> closing loopholes, especially on those who are wealthy, is a better way to raise this revenue than raising rates. >> reporter: republicans are also pressing their case with the public. house gop leaders invited
property tax to fix neglected roads and other problems in their infrastructure. >> it's one thing to complain. but you have to back it up. and so help towards making it happen in a tangible way. >> reporter: it's a cautionary tale for the entire bay area. >> right. >> reporter: pay for the work now or pay up to 10 times more later. >> a lot of it was the dollars. it only cost $36,000 to maintain a mile of road. it costs well over a million dollars to reconstruction a mile of road. >> reporter: lawmakers know raising taxes is a political third rail. but state senator-elect jerry hill will push for higher gas taxes. >> the sales tax or increase in the gasoline tax is really the solution-foot-long term to improve our roads. >> reporter: are we living on borrowed time? >> in some cases we may be. >> reporter: according to the latest studies by the mtc and other city agencies, there is no money now and dana, tonight they are saying it doesn't even look good for the next 30 years. >> wow. all right. linda yee, thank you. >>> right now, the city of oakland is talking to a concerned commu
- thirds of majority that allowed them to raise taxes if they choose without any republican support. >>> on capitol hill, there are just 29 days left for lawmakers to get together and find a way of avoiding the so-called "fiscal cliff." if a budget plan is not approved by year's end, automatic tax hikes and across- the-board spending cuts will take effect. but democrats and republicans seem to keep digging in their heels speaking on the sunday news talk shows. >> the president and the white house have had three weeks and this is the best we've got? >> what we can't do is try to figure out what works for them. they have to tell us. >> if congress doesn't act, america will ring in the new year with $110 billion in spending cuts and a $500 billion tax increase. >> "fiscal cliff," are you tired of it? >> i know. we are tired of it. >>> 6:10 now. a trip goes terribly wrong. how a california magician ended up in the hospital. >> the coast guard loses one of its own. how a smuggling investigation off the coast of santa barbara turned deadly. >> and we have a major recall to tell you about
now i would say we're nowhere. >> reporter: taxes continue to be the line in the sand between democrats and republicans. >> there is no path to an agreement that does not involve republicans acknowledging that rates have to go up for the wealthiest. >> reporter: gop lawmakers don't want higher rates and say the obama administration's proposed cuts to entitlements don't go far enough. >> i think we're going over the cliff. it's pretty clear to me they have made a political calculation. this offer doesn't remotely deal with entitlement reform in a way to save medicare and medicaid and social security from bankruptcy. >> reporter: if a deal is not reached, taxes go up and spending will be clashed. defense contractors are sending the message to lawmakers those cuts would damage the military industry and weaken national security. the ceo of task, a company that develops aviation systems and software for intelligence agencies: >> over 50% of the defense budget is procuring services and services are underscored by jobs. so of course there will be job loss if you have cuts. >> report
anything without a tax increase for the nation's highest earners. >> we're going to have to see the rates on the top 2% go up. and we're not going to be able to get a deal without it. >> the gop counter offer calls for raising $800 billion in revenue without raising taxes. jay carney liken today to magic beans and fairy dust. >>> still counting the multibillion dollars vote that will not die. and how much the recount is costing bay area taxpayers. >> and the day after an epic evening commute meltdown, muni decides to let one group of passengers ride for free. >> and here comes flu season. why this year may or may not be different than normal. government after being toldo shut down. drakes bay oyster company >>> the owners of an oyster farm are suing the federal government after being told to shut town. they were hoping to -- shut down. they were hoping to get a 10-year extension in the next lease, but in a move by local environmentalists, the secretary of the interior refused. the company says the decision violates a state water lease and 10 million oysters could be loss. >>> fish and g
tax increases but they are insisting on larger budget cuts to benefit programs, which democrats oppose. if all sides can't agree on a spending plan before the year's end, automatic tax hikes and across-the-board budget cuts will all kick in. >> we must do everything we can during this short period of time to ensure that middle class families are not hit with $2,200 a year in tax increases. >> i hope cooler heads will prevail as we move through the process. we need to be working together. >> president obama is trying to generate public support for his idea. he will meet with corporate executives at the white house then travel to pennsylvania on friday to push for higher tax rates for the wealthy. >>> after meeting with her harshest critics, senate republicans say they are even more troubled over u.n. ambassador susan rice's initial response to the deadly terror attack in benghazi. in a closed meeting yesterday, rice met with several senators including arizona republican john mccain. rice has been criticized for linking the attack to a spontaneous protest when in fact it was later reveal
administration will refuse any fiscal cliff deep that does not include a tax hike on the richest americans. geithner remains optimistic despite harsh words from republicans. >> reporter: with the clock ticking in washington and the fiscal cliff moving closer every day, tim geithner said they will only approve a plan with tax rates. >> if they are going to force higher rates on virtually all americans, because they are unwilling to let tax rates go up on 2% of americans, then that's the choice they're going to have to make. >> reporter: geithner presented his plan to republicans, calling for $1.6 trillion in revenue and cuts in stimulus spending. he suggested the bush era tax cuts must expire for the wealthiest americans. >> we put forward a very comprehensive, carefully designed mix of savings and tax reforms to help us put us back on a path to stabilizing our debt and living within our means. >> reporter: republicans did not welcome the proposal. >> i was disappointed by the president's proposal. i think it is a rerun of his budget proposal. the revenue proposals are $1.6 trillion in reve
off the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts that will kick in next year. john boehner said he can't believe the latest white house proposal. the obama administration insists there's no deal without a tax increase. susan mcginnis is in washington with details this morning. susan, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, terrell. it may appear the two sides are nowhere but these talks are expected to pick up dramatically very soon. december is here and as they say here in washington the lawmakers can smell the jet fumes meaning the planes taking them home for their holiday recess. what we're hearing there should be a deal by christmas. the white house is already decorated for the holidays but the mood here in washington is anything but festive. >> i think we're going over the cliff. >> reporter: if congress doesn't act america will ring in the new year with $110 billion in spending cuts and a $500 billion tax increase leaving the average household with a nearly $3,500 hangover. timothy geithner was on the hill last week to present the president's plan to congress. >> i was fl
all agreed to, which is let's keep middle class taxes. we don't have a lot of time. >>> secretary geithner is up on capitol hill to lead negotiations on the fiscal cliff talks. >> you're not going to grow the economy if you raise taxes on the top two rates. that's not the right approach. >>> string of nasty storms barreling into the west coast. powerful winds have started knocking out power. >> just need to get to the other side of town. i don't have a choice. >> picked a bad day to do it? >> yeah. >> u.s. embassy in cairo is closed. the entrance is blocked by protesters as clashes erupt nearby. >> zebra and s hechlt tland pony ran wild through the streets of new york city. they apparently escaped from a petting zoo. >>> nypd says actress lindsay lohan has been raefed and charged with assault. >> three, two, one. >> only nbc would make a television event out of plugging something in. >> all that -- >> oh, humphries and rondo get into it. officials trying to get control here. >> don't tell me what i think. when i said i didn't have a problem, i don't have a problem. got it? >> and
't seem to be apparently an issue for them. >> reporter: a potential change in capital gains taxes coming up, maybe that was the driving force for the sale this time. or not. the rich may be just like you and me. they just have enough money not to care about such things. mike sugerman, cbs 5. >>> well, for the rest of us, coming up in the next half hour, the "fiscal cliff." it's staring in the face of washington. with less than a month until the deadline, why president obama is spending time on twitter. >> the new evidence linking brain damage to repeated concussions. why a bay area doctor says it's still too early to ban tackle football for kids. >>> i'm delighted for them. i'm sure they will make absolutely brilliant parents. >> the royal couple is expecting. why kate though is in the hospital and will be for several days. ,,,,,, it's the little things in life that make me smile. spending the day with my niece. i don't use super poligrip for hold because my dentures fit well. before those little pieces would get in between my dentures and my gum and it was uncomfortable. even well-fitti
will consider a makeover for the fox theatre. councilmembers are weighing a request from the owners for a tax break. in exchange, the owners will make a number of improvements to the historic building over the next 10 years. >>> a coast guard investigation into suspected smuggling near the channel islands off the santa barbara county coast has turned tragic. a small boat deployed by the coast guard was rammed by a smuggler's vessel before dawn yesterday. the collision threw two coast guard members into the water. one of them was killed and another was injured in that incident. >>> l.a. police say four people were found shot to death outside a large home in suburban northridge. the dead were two women in their 20s a man in his 30s and another man in his 40s. the incident happened early yesterday morning. the home apparently served as an unlicensed boardinghouse. detectives are now looking into a motive. >>> a second chance for same- sex marriage could happen in just a few hours when the u.s. supreme court will announce more cases it plans to take up. the high court did not include same-sex mar
to join a twitter campaign calling on lawmakers to renew tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 a year without delay. >> campaign for his position i did it we understand it but at the end of the day he has to lead on this issue. >> reporter: while congressional leaders meet behind closed doors, some of the biggest names in corporate america are here on capitol hill meeting with lawmakers pushing for solutions. former tennessee governor told lawmakers everything needs to be on the table. >> i do think there's a broad recognition that it has to be both revenues and serious work on entitlements to make it happen. >> reporter: taxes are still the main sticking point. while president obama wants tax cuts to expire for the most wealthy americans, most americans don't. one told his gop colleagues to sign off on the middle class tax cut extension. the house speaker isn't budging. >> it will hurt small businesses and our economy. it's why it's not the right approach. >> reporter: obama administration officials will look for some middle ground in separate meetings with boehner and oth
, heavy rains have flooded san anselmo creek inundating the downtown with water. voters approved a tax for prevention projects five years ago. but the money has been tied up in court most of the time. now there's about $10 million waiting to be spent. >> there are efforts that -- planning efforts and more to develop what are called retention ponds in upstream areas the idea of which is to slow down the downstream onslaught of water that happens in big rain events. >> the town may be on alert but not everyone there is happy about being on the news. ahead at 6:00, cbs 5's mike sugerman explains why. >>> we might be seeing more of this before all is said and done. this tree came down in san francisco's bernal heights neighborhood. crews were trying to clean it up this morning. there have been a number of trees that have come down in many parts of the bay area. >> pg&e crews doing what they can to reduce power outages during the next storms. they took advantage of the little break in the weather to make headway trimming teresa way from the power lines. yesterday more than 1100 homes lost p
there's a compromise by the end of this month, taxes will go up automatically for nearly every american. there is a lot at stake. so we asked wyatt andrews to make sense of how these budget plans compare. wyatt? >> reporter: scott, this republican counterproposal today is long on reducing the deficit and saving big on medicare, but it leaves the two sides still hundreds of billions of dollars apart and they are not close on the basic approach to solve the fiscal cliff. in a letter to the president, house republicans called their offer a fair middle ground. it's a ten-year framework that cuts the deficit by $2.2 trillion. it includes $600 billion in health care cuts-- mostly medicare and medicaid-- $300 billion in other mandatory spending and $300 billion in cuts to all other federal spending. by contrast, the president has proposed around $600 billion in cuts to all entitlements, including medicare and he'd reduce other federal spending by $100 billion a year. the president has also proposed spending $50 billion in new stimulus and republicans have refused to consider it. the biggest di
that does not raise the tax rate on the wealthiest americans and that has become the central issue of the negotiations. the white house says republicans still are not ready to get serious. susan mcginnis is in washington with the back and forth details. susan, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, terrell. gop leaders here on capitol hill sent their plan to the white house in this letter on monday, and now that both initial offers are out there, both sides say it's time to get serious. governors from six states are headed here to washington today to tell president obama their thoughts on the fiscal cliff. the bipartisan group says both sides need to work together to avoid the tax increases and spending cuts due to kick in at the end of the year. >> no one's going to get what they want, but as a country to move forward, we've got to figure out who gives where, and if everything is going to be out on the table, how do we negotiate that? >> reporter: republicans have given a counterproposal to the president's plan which he issued last week. they say their plan would cut $2.2
-thirds majority in the election last month call for a parcel tax to fund fire services. >>> capitol hill lawmakers now have just four weeks to agree on a budget solution and judging from the rhetoric on both sides, they are getting nowhere. here's susan mcginnis with more on today's scheduled talks and the latest proposal from republicans. >>> reporter: governors from six states are headed here to washington today to tell president obama their thoughts on the "fiscal cliff." the bipartisan group says both sides need to work together to avoid the tax increases and spending cuts due to kick in at the end of the year. >> no one is going to get what they want. but we have to compromise. if everything is going to be on the table, how do we negotiate? >> reporter: republicans have given a counterproposal to the president's plan which he issued last week. they say their plan would cut $2 .2 trillion from the federal deficit over 10 years. but $600 billion in healthcare cuts, $300 billion in cuts to mandatory spending, and another $300 billion in cuts to other federal spending. the biggest difference betw
the district burned through its cash reserves because of a loss of property taxes in that failed tax measure on the november ballot. the county's top fire officials say they will have to do even more now with less. >> we should have roughly 600 firefighters on our staff. currently we have roughly 250. so we're only at about 44%. so any further degrading or reduction of our service just puts us further behind the power curve. >> contra costa fire district serving some 600,000 people over 300 square miles. more stations could close this summer, as well. >>> in other headlines around the bay, a proposal to buy a drone from the alameda county sheriff's office was sent to the public protection committee for further study. it's expected to hold a public hearing on the issue sometime in january. if approved, it will go back to the board of supervisors for final approval. >>> san francisco police hauled a load of marijuana and pot growing equipment out of the house that burned in the haight- ashbury neighborhood. it took firefighters an hour to put the fire out on page street. several residents were
he will insist on keeping tax rates where they are for middle income families and raising them for the wealthy. >> in washington nothing's easy. so yeah there's going to be so prolonged negotiations. and all of us are going to have to get out of our comfort zones to make that happen. >> increasing tax rates draws money away from our economy that needs to be invested in our economy to put the american people back to work. it's the wrong approach. >> john baner says negotiations are going as he put it almost nowhere. without an agreement. hundreds of billions of dollars in tax increases take effect in january. >> if the fiscal cliff wasn't enough there's another problem that threatens to suck billions of dollars out of the economy. the california labor dispute that may need a nudge from the president. >> great news for anybody with about 26.2 miles of outdoor activity planned for the weekend. the weather may get worse. >> we have a lot more rainfall heading toward the bay area but the timing of things has changed a bit. details on that coming up in about six minutes. stick around
. it includes $900 billion in entitlement cuts. it offers $800 billion in new tax revenues but only if the money comes from tax reform and not from raising rates on the wealthy. and that's where the stalemate is stuck. >> rates have to rise. and the republicans need to acknowledge that. that that's the only way to get from here to there. >> in a statement the white house said the plan fails the balance test. if the two sides cannot reach a deal by years end. tax hikes and spending cuts will automatically kick in. >> well, it's so hard to find good yelp these days. and now san francisco restaurant shutters says it's proof. jakes on market closed after 10 months. and its owners say yelpers had a lot to do with it. it thanks patrons for support but it calls out critics that has poor reviews on the wait staff's t-shirts. one review trashed a dish that jake's doesn't even make. >>> coming up a california magician on fire and it was not part of the act. the tv prank that went terribly wrong. >>> that sounds like something out of a james bond film. how john macafy says he tricked police to escape from
" at the end of the year. some republicans have said they are willing to consider some tax increase but they are insisting on larger budget cuts to benefit programs which of course the democrats oppose. if all sides can't agree on a spending plan before year's end the automatic tax hikes and across-the-board budget cuts kick in. >> we must do everything we can to ensure that middle class families are not hit with $2,200 a year in tax increases. >> i hope cooler heads will prevail as we move through the process. we need to be working together. >> president obama is trying to generate public support for his ideas. he is going to meet with corporate executives today at the white house, then travel to pennsylvania friday to push for highers taxes for the wealthy. >>> susan rice on capitol hill today again to meet with lawmakers. the u.n. ambassador is trying to explain comments she made shortly after attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. yesterday she met with three of her strongest senate critics including arizona republican john mccain. rice first said the attack had grown
a heart attack. >> she was just fine. the hills will get a lump sum payment of $136 million after taxes. the couple plans to set up college funds for their relatives and also give to charity. the other winner is in arizona and has yet to come forward. >>> coming up, double-digit rate hikes enough to make some sick it their stomachs. the reason more and more health insurance companies are jumping on the rate height bandwagon. >> an unusual weather system means a foot of rain in a few days. what's causing the relentless storms on the west coast? we'll look at that tonight on the "cbs evening news." ,, he went to a toy-making facy in a philadelphia suburb to sell his pitch... and urge lawmakers to pass a tax cut extension for the middle cl. house speaker jo >>> president obama went to a toy making factory in a philadelphia suburb to sell his pitch and urged lawmakers to pass a tax cut extension for the middle class. house speaker john boehner says the president's proposal would be a blow to the economy. if a compromise isn't reached soon automatic tax hikes and steep budget cuts will kick
this week to close four more fire stations. the chief says it's necessary after the failure of a parcel tax hike to fund the district. the county is looking at closing stations in walnut creek, clayton, martinez and lafayette to save $3 million. >>> the u.s. supreme court could announce as soon as this morning whether it will hear appeals on some cases involving same-sex marriage. one is an appeal from supporters of prop 8 california's voter-approved measure that limits marriage to men and women couples. it was previously struck down by a u.s. appeals court. five challenges to the federal "defense of marriage act" are also being considered. >>> the local boy scout forced to leave his moraga troop because he is gay will be honored in sacramento later this afternoon. an 18-year-old ryan andresen will be recognized for his bravery by state assembly speaker john perez as the new legislative session opens today. >>> 4:39. what went wrong. new details following a murder- suicide involving a kansas city chief's football player. >> plus a trip to seaworld for one family. the moment a dolphin bites
cutting $900 billion from medicare and reforming social security. it would also raise $800 billion in tax reforms. but the white house says the offer still favors cutting taxes for the wealthy. >> us this far, republican leaders have been adamant that they don't believe rates ought to go up on the top 2% of wealthiest americans. the american people overwhelmingly disagree. >> if the president and republicans can't come to a compromise, everyone's taxes will go up january 1. government spending will be slashed. >>> the dow lost 60. the nasdaq was down 8, s&p down 7. >>> the storms that blew through the bay area brought down many trees and that's meant a hard lesson for homeowners who were cleaning up today. cbs 5 consumerwatch reporter julie watts explains your insurance doesn't always cover fallen trees. julie. >> reporter: something many are likely learning following this weekend's storm. we received photos from across the bay area of downed trees on homes and cars, and they provide a clear example of what's covered and what's not. this one from san mateo is a good example of what's cove
a two-thirds majority in last month's election. the measure called for a parcel tax to help fund fire services. >>> president obama is closely monitoring a week-long strike at two southern california ports. 800 members of the clerical union who work at the ports of los angeles and long beach had been working without a contract for more than two years. the clerks don't handle cargo but dock workers are refusing to cross picket lines forcing a shutdown of most terminals. experts estimate the strike is costing the u.s. up to $1 billion a day. and it could delay shipments of holiday gift merchandise. >>> there's a tentative contract agreement between port of oakland and union workers. two weeks ago, more than 500 members of seiu local 1021 went on strike. they had been at the bargaining table for 16 months. details of the agreement will be released when the contract is voted on tomorrow. >>> president obama will host a group of governors today to talk about the "fiscal cliff" after he rejected a counterproposal from congressional republicans. that plan promised to trim $2.2 trillion over
close january 1. the county's top fire official recommended the closures saying a loss of property taxes and failed tax measure in november caused the district to burn through its cash reserve. >>> some other headlines around the bay on this wednesday. a decision on whether to buy a drone for the alameda county sheriff's office sent to the public protection committee for further study. the committee is expected to hold a public hearing on the issue sometime in january. if approved, it will go back to the board of supervisors for a final decision. >>> a big bag of marijuana was hauled out of a home that burned in san francisco. police also removed equipment for the growing operation there. the cause of the two-alarm fire in the haight-ashbury neighborhood unknown. nobody was hurt. >>> time now 5:09. protests continue to rock egypt's capital this morning. >> plus a rare appearance. the vote that drew former senator bob dole in a wheelchair there to washington, d.c. >> and the star is reborn. how many gallons of paint it took to get this hollywood icon a face-lift. ,,,,,, ,,,, you won't tak
take money out of almost everybody's pockets, in the form of higher taxes, there is more wrangling ahead today in washington. but are the two sides any closer to agreeing on something? >> that's right. more high level meetings today. treasury secretary tim geithner, kind of obama's negotiator man at the table. see if they can make any headway. >>> art, later this half hour, she's 50, he's 26. demi moore has a new younger man in her life. who she is dating now coming up "the skinny." interesting choice. seeing how the last relationship turned out. >> all you need to know his last name is schnabel. >> not making that up. we are not making that up. >> no. >>> but first, we begin with breaking news, powerball officials are making it official this morning. two jackpot tickets sold for last night's lottery, one in missouri and one in arizona. >> missouri and arizona. congratulations. get this. by the time of the drawing the jackpot was worth $580 million. so we should mention the winning numbers right now, here they are, 5, 16, 22, 23, 29, and the powerball, my personal favorite number,
. the president's plan includes $1.6 trillion in new tax revenue in exchange for $400 billion in entitlement cuts. but it doesn't say where the savings will come from. republicans called it an insult. >> despite that claims that the president supports a balanced approach, the democrats have yet to get serious about real spending cuts. >> we are waiting for some specifics, some where, from our republican colleagues to show that they're serious on negotiations. >> if a compromise is not reached by year's end, automatic tax hikes and steep budget cuts will kick in. >>> the president and mitt romney met face-to-face today for the first time since their contentious campaigning. aides say they discussed american leadership in the world and pledged to stay in touch. >>> the supreme court could take up california's same-sex marriage debate as far as tomorrow. we'll know as soon as the court posts a list of cases it plans to review. if the prop 8 case is on the list, it means it would be argued and likely decided by next summer. but if the justices opt not to hear it, than the appeals court ruling that st
on a multi-floor casino. >>> redwood city city council will consider getting tax breaks to the historic fox theater in exchange for upgrades. part ever the deal theater owners would submit a list of improvements they would make over a ten year period that would include new carpet and new theater seats. >>> we are continuing to keep our eye on the storm this morning. some bay area friends who look like they are saying bring it on were otters couldn't stop playing in the rain. i think this is our destiny. i hope we are make her proud. >> incredible journey ends on the golden gate bridge today. 8 million people who are cheering this woman on and the story of friendship that lives on. >>> you may not have heard it's going to be raining. the latest on all of that and we have another and the last in a one, two, three punch moving into the bay area tonight. we will tell you what to expect, how much and all of that weather stuff which we will get a little bit of a break even though it's still overcast. we will cover it all when we come back from a break. it's for the 25-th annual wd aids day. austr
a hard line on taxes. >> republican and the white house both have offers on the table on how to resolve the nation's fiscal cliff crisis. >> we wasted an enormous amount of time here, sparring back and forth in public. it's a good time to get serious. >> let's just go over the [ bleep ] cliff. because you know why? at least for a few seconds, it will feel like we're flying. >>> this morning, police are questioning a man in that deadly subway push. they say he has implicated himself in the crime. >>> duchess of cambridge is continuing to feel better. >> australian radio station was able to pose as the queen, get information on the phone about kate's health. >> want to see how her -- >> she is sleeping at the moment and she has had an uneventful night. >> mohamed morsi under siege after 100,000 protests in the streets. >>> l.a.'s mayor has announced an end to an eight-day strike at the largest port complex. >>> best man's friend is learning a new trick. how to drive a car. get off the road. >> three, two, one. >> god bless us, every one. >>> nine weeks, officially over. >> snooki wants to
thing. they lose part of the tax exemption but they will make money and cell companies love them. >> because it's up in the air. you have nice location on it. and it's getting good connectivity and people don't see it. >> reporter: steeples are the latest place towers are hidden in plain sight disguised as trees, they're in trees even on fast food signs. usually there's controversy no matter where they go. >> churches as independent nonprofits unduly influenced by these contracts. >> reporter: mindy of the utility watchdog group turn worries it could help the companies in lobbying efforts. utilities say no, they just what tonight provide better service from up above the tree line. mike sugerman, cbs 5. >> i talk to god a lot when my cell phone calls drop but probably not in the way mike was talking about. [ laughter ] >> it's going to be a deluge. >> the heavens will open up over the next couple of days. we'll be seeing a lot of rainfall around here perhaps too much in many locations. north bay upwards half a foot to a foot of rainfall by sunday. a lot of rain in a short amount o
was a low d. in order to keep up, the bay area needs to spend nearly $3 billion. lawmakers say raising taxes is controversial but it's the best option. they voted in berkeley to pay higher property taxes to fix roads and other problems in the infrastructure. so engineers say at this point it could be a cautionary tale. pay up now or pay more down the road. cate caugiran, cbs 5. >> thank you. >> go to cbssf.com/weather to see hi-def doppler in your own neighborhood. >>> 5:06. let's check the roads. >> it's dry for now. yesterday we had so many accidents with the rain and wind. for right now the camera holding steady. 880 through oakland no major wind advisories this morning. we did have an accident northbound 880 at high street. it is now clear. so quick trip all the way up between the oakland coliseum and downtown. otherwise the golden gate bridge doing lane changes now so in the meantime you will notice closures in that southbound one commute towards doyle drive. highway 121 at 128 the northbound lane of 121 is block. they are working to clear it now. the accident has been there since 3:30
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